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Weinsteins to Mount Awards Preview in Cannes

The Weinstein Co, is preparing its assault on the coming award season. Step one: like last year, Harvey Weinstein is planning to preview some material from their upcoming award slate at Cannes. We don't know what they'll show, but here's their updated schedule thus far:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 10, 2013 4:13 PM
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Weinstein Company Dates 'Salinger' Documentary for September UPDATE

The notoriously reclusive “Catcher in the Rye” author J.D. Salinger will finally get his cinematic dues, posthumously, in writer/director Shane Solerno’s upcoming documentary “Salinger.” UPDATE: The Weinstein Company officially announced today their acquisition of the eagerly awaited film’s worldwide distribution rights. TWC, who closed the deal on the film after screening it the morning of the Oscars, anticipates a September 6 release date following a festival run.
  • By Beth Hanna and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 21, 2013 7:30 PM
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Weinstein Company Takes Biopic 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,' Starring Idris Elba: Oscar Fodder?

The Weinstein Company has acquired all North American, Australian and New Zealand distribution rights to the Nelson Mandela biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." The film stars Idris Elba ("Prometheus," "The Wire") in the title role of the former South African president and anti-apartheid revolutionary, and Naomie Harris ("Skyfall") as Mandela's wife of 39 years, Winnie.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 22, 2013 11:56 AM
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Weinstein Co. Snaps Up Wong Kar Wai Berlin Opener 'The Grandmaster'

Wasting no time, the Weinstein Company snapped all rights in the US and English speaking Canadian territories from financeer Annapurna to Wong Kar Wai's Berlin opening night martial arts epic "The Grandmaster," as well as rights to Australia, New Zealand, and the UK from Wild Bunch.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 7, 2013 1:36 PM
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Harvey Weinstein Opens Up at Producers Guild Sundance Breakfast, Mistakes and All: 'I Was Worst CEO'

Before Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob accepted their Milestone Award at the January 26 Producers Guild Awards, Harvey sat down at Sundance with PGA chief Mark Gordon for a remarkably candid chat. This year--in the midst of Oscar campaigns for "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Django Unchained," following back-to-back best-picture wins for "The Artist" and "The King's Speech"-- Weinstein came to Sundance with ten staffers to scout movies, and acquire them they did.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 5, 2013 4:24 PM
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Bradley Cooper and Omar Sy In Talks for Weinstein Company's 'Chef,' with Derek Cianfrance at Helm

Bradley Cooper and Omar Sy are circling the Weinstein Company's comedy "Chef," with Derek Cianfrance set to direct. Cooper would star as an enfant terrible chef who loses his Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris, and tries to reassemble a culinary team in London.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 30, 2013 12:04 PM
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PGA Awards: 'Argo' Wins Big, Plus 'Sugarman,' 'Homeland,' 'Modern Family'; Tributes to Weinsteins, Abrams & Working Title

"Argo" is on a roll. Ben Affleck's movie won again at the Producers Guild Awards, setting the tone for the weeks leading to the Oscars as one of statistical chances. Without also receiving a Best Director Oscar nomination, four other films have won the PGA's top prize ("Driving Miss Daisy," "Apollo 13," "Moulin Rouge," and "Little Miss Sunshine").
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 27, 2013 3:34 AM
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Sundance: RADiUS-TWC Takes 'Lovelace' and 'Inequality for All,' CBS Films Enters 'Toy House' and More Acquisitions

"Lovelace," Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's pic starring Amanda Seyfriend about "Deep Throat" pornstar Linda Lovelace, has gone to RADiUS-TWC at the Porndance--er, Sundance--Film Festival.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 23, 2013 3:07 PM
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Sundance: RADiUS-Weinstein Company Gets Buzzy 'Concussion'

RADiUS-The Weinstein Company has acquired North American rights to "Concussion" at the Sundance Film Festival. The film centers on Abby (Robin Weigert), a middle-aged woman who moves to Manhattan and takes on a double life as a high-end escort.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 22, 2013 11:16 AM
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Hollywood Pulls Back Premieres in Wake of Newtown, 'Django Unchained' Cancels

It happened after Columbine and Aurora and now Newtown is making Hollywood sensitive to celebrating. That is, in the week following the most horrific gun tragedy in America's history, Fox, Paramount and Weinstein Co. have pulled back several movie premieres.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 17, 2012 8:10 PM
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